Birdo

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Birdo
Birdo ISDS artwork.jpg
Itadaki Street DS artwork
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, Square Enix-related)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (2021, overall)
Fortune Street (2011, Square Enix-related)
Portrayed by Kazumi Totaka
Species Birdo
Gender Female

Birdo is a character from Nintendo's Mario franchise. She is a pink dinosaur-like creature with a long snout and a representative of the species of the same name. Her partner is Yoshi, who similarly acts as a representative of an identically-named species. Birdo's first Square Enix-related appearance is in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

History[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars artwork
“Oh, I'm never gonna let ya go. You're just too... CUTE!”
Birdo, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Birdo is featured as a boss. She is first seen as an egg named Shelly who is found in Nimbus Castle (while the stronghold was under the control of the usurper queen Valentina). The egg is cared for by a Shy Away, who intended to use the newborn Birdo as a weapon. When the Shy Away sees Mario, he quickly abandons his post and flees, leaving Shelly exposed. Mario could then speak to the Birdo inside Shelly, who would request for Mario to play with her. If Mario complies, a battle between his party and Shelly would begin.

Although Shelly never attacks or performs any malicious moves toward Mario and friends, the group could gradually split the egg open to reveal Birdo. She then would introduce herself and start attacking. After suffering more attacks from Mario and company, Birdo would also raise her attacking methods, beginning to shoot out the explosive Eggberts rather than normal eggs.

Depending on a turn, in which Birdo shoots out, Eggberts would actually fling the explosive eggs back into Birdo's nest, where they could be attacked so that they would explode and deal massive damage to Birdo herself. Despite the pain and anger she shows ambiguous signs of going through, Birdo eventually gives up mid-battle due to the fact that she found Mario and his friends too cute to destroy. After being defeated, she gives the key to Mario. Birdo remains within Shelly and Mario gets to the back door of Nimbus Castle.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

Birdo MH3o3 icon.png

Birdo is an unlockable character in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. She is unlocked when the player finishes the Hard Mushroom Cup with a bronze rank. Here she is an all-around type and her Special Shot is the Egg Shot, in which she begins by spinning around twice and then catching the ball in her snout, jumping, and spitting it out toward the basket as an egg. The player can have Birdo perform this move by tapping out an upside-down triangle twice. Birdo does not have her own basketball court, but she appears alongside Yoshi in one of the screens of the Mario Stadium.

Itadaki Street series[edit]

Itadaki Street DS[edit]

In Itadaki Street DS, Birdo returns as an unlockable character. She can be unlocked by defeating her in Luigi's Stage Level 1. Birdo's head and clothing are collectibles that can be equipped on customizable characters. Birdo's rank is a D.

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Fortune Street[edit]

In Fortune Street, Birdo returns as a playable character, but this time is available from the start. She retains her D rank. In Tour Mode, Birdo is faced on Yoshi's Island and Alefgard.

Profiles[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

  • Nintendo Player's Guide: Whatever's inside that egg promises you another key if you’ll play. You won't suffer any attacks while cracking the shell. Inside is a giggling bird with a bazooka beak. Birdo's idea of fun is shooting high-powered eggs at her playmates! If you press the B Button twice to select Defense mode, the eggs will sometimes bounce off you and hit Birdo. You can also use Regular Attacks. She'll leave a Castle Key that will open the door behind her. Fight your way past the Pinwheel and Jawful outside and you’ll reach another locked door. Inside is King Nimbus![1]

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

  • Baller Name: Diamond Dino
  • Type: All-Around
  • Special Shot: Egg Shot
  • Letter to Tap:

Fortune Street[edit]

  • Bio: A fluttery-eyed, pouting, pink creature with a very unusual mouth that spews eggs.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 87.